In America today, there are a series of age requirements in order for individuals to hold public office.
For instance, no one under the age of 35 can run for president of the United States. Likewise, an individual must be at least 30 years old to serve in the U.S. Senate and 25 years old to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about the need for congressional term limits. After all, many top members of Congress have been there for longer than some Americans have been alive.
However, while there are various age requirements in order for individuals to run for different public offices, there are no age limitations that bar individuals from being able to run. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, this needs to change, as Breitbart News details.
The Case for America to Adopt Age Limits for Public Officer Holders
On Thursday, Elon Musk took to Twitter, suggesting the United States put in place age limits that disqualify individuals from public office after passing the limit. Musk also stated that selecting a number around 70 could be an appropriate call.
Some people took Musk’s suggestion as a loosely veiled swipe against Joe Biden who is 79 years old and literally the oldest president to ever be elected. If Musk’s post was a reference to Biden, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s criticized the president.
Let’s set an age limit after which you can’t run for political office, perhaps a number just below 70 …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2021
Earlier this year, the Tesla CEO stated that Biden harbored a bias against the company. This happened after the president hosted a summit for electric vehicles, yet conveniently forgot to extend the invitation towards Tesla.
Musk has also previously gone on record and accused Biden of being under the thumb of unions. This, too, could have some merit. Biden’s coziness with unions goes back decades. During his 2020 campaign, Biden also vowed to be a union-friendly president.
There’s a very real possibility the 46th president does, in fact, harbor some resentment towards Tesla.
More from Elon Musk
Last month, Elon Musk butted heads with Bernie Sanders on Twitter.
In response to Sanders tweeting out the United States need to “demand” individuals who are wealthy to fork over their “fair share” in taxes, Musk stated he keeps failing to remember the 80-year-old senator is yet alive.
I keep forgetting that you’re still alive
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 14, 2021
Then, in other tweets, Musk charged that Sanders is “a taker” as opposed to the Vermont Democratic socialist senator being a “maker.” To that end, Sanders did not respond to the CEO of Tesla.
What do you think about the proposal of America implementing age limits for individuals to hold public office in the country? Do you agree with Elon Musk in this regard and is this a policy you would personally support?